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Steve Cook Clothed as Liveryman at London’s Butchers Hall

 L-R: New Liverymen, Steve Cook, Martin Anderson, Master Graham Baker, Colin Turner and Graham Penny

On Friday 6th September, approximately 200 liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Butchers gathered for the first Court Lunch at the newly opened Butchers’ Hall following its refurbishment over the last four years.

 It was a particularly special occasion for third generation butcher, Steve Cook, Director at Walter Rose as he joined three other industry-leading butchers to be clothed as a Liveryman by The Worshipful Company of Butchers.

On this commemorative day for The Worshipful Company of Butchers, four new liverymen were clothed: Graham Penny, Colin Turner, Steve Cook and Martin Anderson pictured above.

Liveryman Steve Cook said

 “It has been a true honour to have been clothed as a Liveryman today, a proud moment that our family’s love for the industry spanning four generations has been recognised. I am humbled to join the Worshipful Company of Butchers and I look forward to sharing knowledge and best practice together with my fellow Liverymen to enrich the British meat industry today and for the future.”

Steve is now heading into retirement and sons Jack and Charlie Cook have taken the reigns of the business based in Devizes, Wiltshire, but to receive this honour at the end of a career dedicated to the meat industry is truly an honour indeed.

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the oldest of the 110 City of London Livery Companies – The Company can trace its roots all the way back to 975 AD - and is ranked 24th in order of precedence.

The Livery Company offers a unique centre-point to the British meat industry and is at the heart of one of the country’s biggest and most important trades. Membership unites individuals from all sectors of the industry and beyond, who, together, embrace and seek to enhance the Company’s commitment to Charity, Education and Fellowship.

The Company continually seeks to increase its role within the meat industry and staging events like this one continually raise the profile of the meat industry and all of the experts who contribute towards it on a national level in recognising a lifetime of work to enhance and enrich the industry.


First Court Lunch at the opulent Butchers’ Hall.

Commenting on the multi-million-pound refurbishment of Butchers Hall, Master Graham Baker said

 “Welcome home, four years on and eleven million quid later!”

He continued

“The refurbishment of Butchers’ Hall now combines top-class facilities with the warmth, tradition and style of the meat industry’s spiritual home. We’re very keen that our industry takes advantage of all we offer as we strive to put Butchers’ Hall back at the centre of the meat industry.”

The Hall now has a roof garden with fabulous views over London and many liverymen enjoyed a champagne reception there to toast their return to the Company’s home prior to lunch. A great event was had by all and it was certainly a proud day to remember for Steve Cook.

 Photography: Norman Hatcliff